GOALKEEPER Michael Ingham claimed the 100th clean sheet of his York City career in a 0-0 draw with Gillingham.
The Bootham Crescent stalemate steadied the ship for the Minstermen, who had conceded four goals in back-to-back npower League Two games against Morecambe and Wycombe.
With second-from-bottom Aldershot losing 2-1 at Morecambe, Gary Mills' men moved one place and one point further away from the drop zone.
Striker Michael Rankine proved a handful on his return to City on loan from Aldershot, while fellow loan signing John McGrath impressed in a much-changed home line-up.
Jon Challinor was recalled at right-back for a rare start, but his evening was ended early by an injury in the 76th minute, while Ashley Chambers lasted 80 minutes as he stepped up his comeback from surgery.
The hosts had the better of the few first-half chances, with Rankine going close with a header from a corner, while Gillingham's Charlie Lee struck the crossbar from outside the box in the second period.
City go into Saturday's home clash with struggling Barnet in 17th place, eight points above the relegation zone.